|Address||Kopenicker Strasse 18-20; 10997 Berlin
between Manteuffelstrasse and Pücklerstrasse
|Neighbourhood||Kreuzberg | See on map|
|S-Bahn/U-Bahn||Schlesische Tor [U1], Ostbahnhof [S3, S5, S7, S9, S75]|
|Telephone||+49 30 7554 9407|
|Price||Dinner EUR 40-60.|
|Hours||Tues-Sun from 18.|
Don’t eat at least an hour before swimming – sage advice indeed – and doubly useful at this Spree-side restaurant. Located in Kreuzberg next to Spindler & Klatt, Sage Restaurant is an enormous offering set in an old silk factory.
The building is a brick giant, the insides remarkable for their cavernous reach and sky-high ceilings more common in techno and house clubs. The décor nods towards that same genre with ambient blue lighting, video installations on the exposed brick walls and toilets that flush via colour-changing columns of bubbling water.
It won’t come as a surprise then that the restaurant, much like the Cookies empire, comes from a nightlife lineage which includes the nearby Sage Club. The atmosphere is correspondingly sceney, and although there may be no face control, advance booking is highly advised.
Separate spaces to suit all, however. Those looking for a social snack can head to the long communal bar table, while private diners can slink off to the more formal white room with its sit-down service. There are sofas for anyone indulging in a drink from the bar before food, and a smoking room with Chesterfields in case you’ve quit quitting. Come in the summer and you’ll find a little urban beach outside, complete with sand, palms, deckchairs and rattan furniture.
Oh, and the food. The menu is as varied as the surroundings, with everything from pizzas for less than a tenner to more conceptual nouveau German cuisine by chef Sebastian Leifer, including oak-smoked salmon, variations of pumpkin and poached filet of veal with pretzel dumplings, though the choices change every week.